Sustainable agriculture subject of Pennsylvania photo exhibit

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A digital photography exhibit depicting everyday life on Pennsylvania farms features the work of Rich Gensheimer, a photographer and documentary producer from North East, Pa. The exhibit includes more than 200 images by 10 photographers selected from across the state and will premiere at the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) annual conference in State College Feb. 7-9 before traveling to other locations.

Gensheimer’s photo essay, “As American as Blueberry Pie,” was shot at Rassie Farms in North East early one morning in August 2007, as immigrants from Belarus and Ukraine spilled out of cars and vans to help Alan Rassie and his wife Jody pick blueberries. The essay first appeared on

“The exhibit illustrates what it means to practice sustainable agriculture in contrast to large-scale agri-business or industrial agriculture,” said exhibit curator Donald L. Gibbon. “It includes the people and the products, the joys and the disasters that are part of daily farm life across the state.” Disasters include a new barn blown down by gale-force winds and a farmhouse going up in flames. From back-yard gardens to sprawling Amish farms, from greenhouses to maple sugaring operations, the images show where food is grown, from new ventures to multi-generational family farms.

Sustainable agriculture is a food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice.

The exhibit, entitled “Love your Mother: Farming as if People Mattered,” is sponsored by PASA, the Pennsylvania chapter of the Sierra Club, Slow Food Pittsburgh, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh. To arrange for a showing of the exhibit, contact exhibit curator Donald L. Gibbon,, or 412-362-8451.

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Lisa Gensheimer is a documentary producer and writer. Her career spans more than 30 years in newspaper and magazine publishing, corporate public relations, community revitalization, heritage tourism, and television. Lisa and her husband, Rich Gensheimer,

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